We welcome Unitarian Universalist Association Co-Moderator Barb Greve to our pulpit as we celebrate our community, turn in our pledge forms for the next fiscal year, and get energy to go do the work of justice in the world!
An important part of our liberal faith is that our growth and learning are a life-long pursuit. Yet, our time together each week seems to place higher value on learning for children than for adults. This Sunday, worship will begin as usual, but after the Time for All Ages, adults will leave the sanctuary to take part in one of several opportunities for growth and learning. The rest of worship will be geared towards children. Childcare will be available, as always, for our younger children, and middle and high school youth can choose whether they want to stay in worship or go to a workshop with the adults.
Stability is often a marker of safety, sucess, and happiness. What does this mean for the times in our lives that are not so stable? How can we face and embrace imbalance – in our lives, communities, and the wider global village? How can we lean into our source and faith communities when everything seems off kilter?
We’re told again and again to find balance: between work and play, activity and rest, ourselves and others. But there is no balance between justice and injustice. Our community supports justice-making with our efforts and our resources. On this Stewardship Sunday, hear how our contributions make a stronger community that makes justice in our world.
Henry Ward Beecher once said “The difference between perseverence and obstinancy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.” Join us this week as we consider what makes for a healthy approach to the harder parts of life.
At the turn of the millennium, dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo war and honoring the hope for a peaceful new century, Karl Jenkins composed a beautiful, exciting and above all powerful work titled The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. The strong musical and human message of grief and hope resonates strongly with audiences. Social Justice and music are working together to create a film to go with this work, providing a visual and musical combination that will prove profoundly moving. Every time there is another event like the attacks in Las Vegas or Manchester or Orlando, or terrifying rhetoric between the US and North Korea, or when I read of the situation in Yemen or see video of what remains of many cities in Syria, I feel a sense of helplessness, of what can I possibly do? And then I feel especially grateful for the chance to do an event such as this here where we can, at least, sing our hopes for peace.
From believing in ourselves to leaning on one another while working toward a common goal, life often asks us to persevere. Join us for this service for all ages about what it means to be a community of perseverance. Please stay for the Annual Meeting after worship! Childcare for children through kindergarten will be provided in the Nursery during the service while childcare for all ages will be provided for the Annual Meeting.
When things get hard, what helps you persevere? This Community Ministry Sunday, UUCB’s Community Ministry Committee will reflect on resiliency in their lives and work, and encourage you to reflect on what’s in your resiliency toolkit.
Whether it’s funds for education here in California or the entire national budget in countries like Greece and Spain, austerity shapes so much in our world today. But even when things are tight and none of the options ideal, there is another way. Join us this week as we consider how we as a congregation are called to worship, live, and serve in community by faith rather than fear. A congregational meeting with light lunch will follow the service. Childcare will be provided in the nursery.
It was 450 years ago, in a small kingdom in Eastern Europe, that something amazing happened. A Unitarian king, John Sigismund, was convinced by his minister and advisor, David Ferencz (often known as Francis David), to make a bold declaration: multiple religious traditions, not just that of the king, would be respected and protected in his kingdom. This is believed to be the first declaration of religious tolerance in the world. Today we honor this bold legacy with Unitarians around the world.